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My Experience in Writing the Mind

14 May

Rhetoric has such a commanding influence on the mind. When something is effectively written we are drawn in. So in specific cases of exploring the mind psychologically and philosophically, rhetoric has the power to persuade our thinking. At the start of this course, Writing the Mind, I had only a slight idea of what to expect in the way of concepts. As I have progressed and furthered my learning throughout the semester in this class, I have come to understand that this class is nothing without rhetoric. It is very much the foundation of the subjects we cover in class and how they are presented to us.

From this course I have gained knowledge on what makes good rhetoric, the parts of rhetoric (exigency, audience, and constraints), how to write a manifesto, Carl Jung’s Model of the Psyche, existentialism, the postmodern condition, and much more. As a class we examined many powerful examples of the use of rhetoric (i.e. Letter From a Birmingham Jail and The Communist Manifesto) and all of those wouldn’t have moved us if we did not observe the rhetoric of those situations or the influence the words had on our minds.

Understanding the mind has helped me learn how to be a more emotionally moving writer. Until this course, all the writing I had done followed a specific set of rules. This class furthered my writing skills because it had a very limited number of guidelines. We were always asked to take rhetorical considerations into account and aside from that parameter we were able to let our minds wander. I would say that I feel like a better writer in the sense that I am more capable, now, of creating written work that is able to really speak to my audience. I know what it takes to get an audience involved in my writing.

Working with the theories of the mind has been particularly interesting for me. I do not have a background in psychology, so the ideas posed in this course were extra enlightening for me. Studying Carl Jung’s Model of the Psyche has helped me to understand how the human mind works and I now know a lot about the unconscious self. That was one concept in particular that spoke to me and I found it so fascinating.

Knowing what speaks to me and knowing what rhetoric is comprised of, I presently understand how important rhetoric is in writing and how that relates to the mind. What would writing be without the emotion, the persuasion, or the effective language? It would be words structured to form opinions and facts. Without rhetoric, writing would not be expressive. Rhetoric is essential, it changes the way we think. The reason any writing (a speech, a manifesto, or a paper) is effective is that is changes the way our minds perceive the subject matter. Rhetoric is what speaks to us.